Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry

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From Silicon Valley in California to Silicon Glen in Scotland, from Silicon Island in Taiwan to Silicon Paddy in China, the social, economic, and ecological effects of the international electronics industry are widespread. The production of electronic and computer components contaminates air, land, and water around the globe. As this eye-opening book reveals, the people who suffer the consequences are largely poor, female, immigrant, and minority. Challenging the Chip is the first comprehensive examination of the...
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Overview

From Silicon Valley in California to Silicon Glen in Scotland, from Silicon Island in Taiwan to Silicon Paddy in China, the social, economic, and ecological effects of the international electronics industry are widespread. The production of electronic and computer components contaminates air, land, and water around the globe. As this eye-opening book reveals, the people who suffer the consequences are largely poor, female, immigrant, and minority. Challenging the Chip is the first comprehensive examination of the impacts of electronics manufacturing on workers and local environments across the planet. Contributors to this pioneering volume include many of the world's most articulate, passionate and progressive visionaries, scholars and advocates. Here they not only document the unsustainable and often devastating practices of the global electronics industry but also chronicle creative ways in which activists, government agencies, and others have attempted to reform the industry—through resistance, persuasion, and regulation.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781592133307
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,249,017
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword : technology happens
1 The quest for sustainability and justice in a high-tech world 1
2 The changing map of global electronics : networks of mass production in the new economy 17
3 Occupational health in the semiconductor industry 31
4 Double jeopardy : gender and migration in electronics manufacturing 43
5 "Made in China" : electronics workers in the world's fastest growing economy 55
6 Corporate social responsibility in Thailand's electronics industry 70
7 Electronics workers in India 83
8 Out of the shadows and into the gloom? : worker and community health in and around Central and Eastern Europe's semiconductor plants 96
9 From grassroots to global : the Silicon Valley toxics coalition's milestones in building a movement for corporate accountability and sustainability in the high-tech industry 111
10 The struggle for occupational health in Silicon Valley : a conversation with Amanda Hawes 120
11 Immigrant workers in two eras : struggles and successes in Silicon Valley 129
12 Worker health at national semiconductor, Greenock (Scotland) : freedom to kill? 139
13 Community-based organizing for labor rights, health, and the environment : television manufacturing on the Mexico-U.S. border 150
14 Labor rights and occupational health in Jalisco's electronics industry (Mexico) 161
15 Breaking the silicon silence : voicing health and environmental impacts within Taiwan's Hsinchu Science Park 170
16 Human lives valued less than dirt : former RCA workers contaminated by pollution fighting worldwide for justice (Taiwan) 181
17 Unionizing electronics : the need for new strategies 191
18 The electronics production life cycle : from toxics to sustainability : getting off the toxic treadmill 205
19 High-tech pollution in Japan : growing problems, alternative solutions 215
20 High-tech's dirty little secret : the economics and ethics of the electronic waste trade 225
21 Hi-tech heaps, forsaken lives : e-waste in Delhi 234
22 Importing extended producer responsibility for electronic equipment into the United States 247
23 International environmental agreements and the information technology industry 260
24 Design change in electrical and electronic equipment : impacts of the extended producer responsibility legislation in Sweden and Japan 273
25 ToxicDude.com : the Dell campaign 285
App. A Principles of environmental justice 299
App. B The silicon principles of socially and environmentally responsible electronics manufacturing 301
App. C Sample shareholder resolutions 303
App. D Computer TakeBack Campaign statement of principles 306
App. E Electronics recycler's pledge of true stewardship 308
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    After watching my health decline to the point of needing prescri

    After watching my health decline to the point of needing prescription drugs in my thirties, I started to wonder what was going on. I had worked with electrical, electronic, and computer systems since I was sixteen. This book explained a lot of things that I should have been told about during my college and degree courses. I can tell you that no one ever told me that electricity, electronics, and wireless radiation were toxic to the human in certain situations. I am back into good health after detoxifying from the toxins that I was exposed to.

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